Tag Archives: Silay

Bacolod Without the Masskara

Bacolod is best known for its Masskara Festival, a truly festive event that culminates with an extravagant street parade filled with colorful masks.

Bacolod Mask

Without Masskara Festival, however, Bacolod isn’t really seen as a tourist destination. Bacolod doesn’t have scenic beaches, typical of places like Bohol or Cebu.

We went to Bacolod prior to Masskara Festival, and as our plane descended on the island, I made a quick survey of the province so vastly covered with sugarcane plantation.

Right there and then, I wondered if we would even enjoy the place, sans the beaches that tourists usually look for in tropical paradise Philippines. Continue reading Bacolod Without the Masskara

Touring the Ancestral Houses of Silay, Negros Occidental

When we took a weekend trip to Bacolod, we commuted to Silay to explore two ancestral houses: Bernardino-Ysabel Jalandoni Ancestral House and Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House, a.k.a., Balay Negrense.

Receiving room of the Jalandoni ancestral house

One of the ancestral houses claims to have a Stradivarius violin in its possession, the other, the first-ever bicycle to roam the streets of Silay. Continue reading Touring the Ancestral Houses of Silay, Negros Occidental